Build Reliability Engineer

El Segundo, California
Manufacturing – Manufacturing /
Full-time /
ABL Space Systems was founded in 2017 by veterans of SpaceX and Morgan Stanley to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. More importantly, we’re building a launch system we are truly proud of – no gimmicks or over-design, just reliable, rapidly deployable launches. We’re an ambitious team with big goals and, together, we’re determined to prove that reaching space can be simple, efficient, and routine.  

When launch day arrives, we want you by our side

The Build Reliability Engineer monitors the assembly of flight hardware to ensure we know exactly what we built, how, and could do it again and again. They advocate on behalf of the processes and systems and assist manufacturing engineers, technicians, and quality inspectors in developing clean work instructions that are precise, repeatable, and efficient.


    • Identify recurring trends and implement continuous improvement efforts to reduce common errors and improve scrap rate
    • Implement, train, and audit new and existing processes and systems
    • Review critical work instructions to ensure traceability and appropriate verifications are implemented
    • Identify and drive-to-closure build-based risks
    • Assist in the AS9100 certification process


    • Bachelors degree in electrical, manufacturing, mechanical, material sciences, or similar engineering degree from an accredited university


    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and attention to detail
    • 1+ year's experience with quality, manufacturing, or design engineering
    • Familiarity in enterprise systems including MRP/ERP, Teamcenter, and Jira
    • Understanding of configuration control, traceability, and verification methods
    • Experience in developing or executing processes for at least one of the following: CNC machining, additive manufacturing, bending, tube forming and fabrication, detailed or complex assemblies, welding (TIG, OTW), PCB integration and testing, harnessing


    • Critical thinking: ABL engineers understand the "why" behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes.
    • Ability to deal with ambiguity: there is no roadmap and ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective.
    • End-to-end ownership: projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight; there is no one to pick up the slack of partially complete work. 
The salary range for this role is $75,000 - $130,000. This is the lowest to highest salary we reasonably and in good faith believe we would pay for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range, and the range may be modified in the future. An employee’s pay position within the salary range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, performance, and business or organizational needs. This job is also eligible for bonus pay.
We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance, and 401(k) to eligible employees.

ITAR Requirement
This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, U.S. permanent residents, individuals granted U.S. asylum status, or individuals admitted in U.S. refugee status) is a required qualification for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.